Iran executes 23-year-old man accused of murdering police officer during anti-hijab protests

By bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

The Iranian judiciary on January 23 executed Mohammad Qobadlou, a 23-year-old man involved in protests related to Mahsa Amini's death, on charges of murdering a police officer and injuring five others, Mizan reported.

According to the Judiciary's news agency, on September 22, 2022, Qobadlou intentionally drove over a group of six police officers on motorbikes, who were "controlling disturbers", causing them serious injuries that eventually led to the death of Farid Karimpour.

It also claimed that the convict had confessed to the crime, especially driving over the officers on purpose, soon after his arrest.

Mizan said Qobadlou's appeal was rejected by the court of appeal in March 2023 and later by the Supreme Court of Iran in July 2023.

Qobadlou's lawyer, Amir Raeisian, had earlier said he still had a right to retrial at this point, adding that carrying out the execution had no legal basis and would undoubtedly amount to murder.

Raeisian, who was only informed of the execution order a day earlier, said a branch of the Supreme Court of Iran had revoked the order in August 2023, on the grounds of his bipolar disorder, and the case was set to be reviewed in a different branch.

Moreover, Raeisian claimed that any decision by this court would not affect Qobadlou's right of appeal.  

The execution was carried out in the early hours of January 23 despite widespread calls for its cessation by the public, legal experts, human rights activists and Amnesty International.

Political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi, had called on the Iranian people to stand against this order.

Prominent lawyers also took to social media, arguing that the execution was against the law.

Qobadlou was arrested in the first days of Iran's longest-lasting nationwide protests in September 2022, known as "woman, life, freedom", which was sparked by the death of a young girl, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of the police for refusing to wear mandatory hijab.

Reports say around 500 Iranians were killed in the government's brutal crackdown, and countless people were arrested.

The Islamic Republic had already executed seven protestors in rash trials.

The news of Qobadlou's imminent execution came as people gathered in front of the prison's gates to call for its stop.

He was hung within around 24 hours after the announcement.

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